Singer arrested in Calif. murder-for-hire plot

OCEANSIDE, Calif. (AP) — The lead singer of Grammy-nominated heavy metal band As I Lay Dying was arrested Tuesday in Southern California as authorities said he tried to hire an undercover detective to kill his estranged wife. Tim…

‘Charlie Brown’ actor to serve sentence in rehab

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The man who was the voice of Charlie Brown in several “Peanuts” television shows faces possible prison time for stalking and threatening his former girlfriend and a plastic surgeon who had given her a…

Women’s shelter boss, mayor vouch for Mike Tyson

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Who can Mike Tyson turn to for a character reference? The mayor of Atlantic City, New Jersey, for one, and the leader of Nevada’s largest shelter for battered women, for another. Their letters…

Women’s shelter boss, mayor vouch for Mike Tyson

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Who can Mike Tyson turn to for a character reference? The mayor of Atlantic City, New Jersey, for one, and the leader of Nevada’s largest shelter for battered women, for another. Their letters…

Singer arrested in Calif. murder-for-hire sting

OCEANSIDE, Calif. (AP) — The singer of Grammy-nominated heavy metal band As I Lay Dying has been arrested in Southern California after authorities say he tried to hire an undercover detective to kill his estranged wife. The San…

Bacharach, Costello aiming for Broadway

NEW YORK (AP) — One of television’s most successful sitcom writers is joining with Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello to create a musical based on the artists’ 1998 album “Painted From Memory.” Bacharach said Tuesday that Chuck Lorre,…

Underwood to sing ‘Sunday Night Football’ theme

NEW YORK (AP) — Carrie Underwood will take over the theme song for “Sunday Night Football,” with NBC sticking to the formula of a female country music star for its intro. Underwood steps in for Faith Hill, who…

PepsiCo agrees to meet with Till family, Sharpton

NEW YORK (AP) — PepsiCo Inc. officials will meet Wednesday with members of Emmett Till’s family and the Rev. Al Sharpton. Sharpton continued to press for the meeting last week after the company’s partnerships with Lil Wayne and…

Planned George Jones show goes on as tribute

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Before he passed away last month, George Jones had scheduled a star-packed final concert for November. It turns out the show will go on. Jones’ widow, Nancy, said Tuesday that Garth Brooks, Kid Rock…

Michael Jackson show in Vegas more of a good thing

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Michael Jackson spent his life breaking music industry records. Four years after his death, the pop star’s estate has delivered another first: Jackson is now the only person, place or thing to have inspired…

Reports: Bieber fined for speeding in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Justin Bieber is used to fans snapping his photo. Dubai police say he also triggered some speed cameras while driving a white Lamborghini during his stop in the Gulf city. Dubai newspapers…

Expert: Jackson doctor unqualified in many areas

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An expert cardiologist says Michael Jackson’s doctor did not have the proper training to treat the singer for insomnia or any drug addictions. Dr. Daniel Wohlgelernter told a jury hearing a negligent hiring case…
The-Following

Television viewers make their choice of killers

NEW YORK (AP) — The television audience appears to have made its choice of serial killers. Joe Carroll of Fox’s “The Following” seems more intriguing than Hannibal Lecter on NBC. Last week’s Nielsen ratings make that clear. Fox’s…
MEDICAL-HEALTH

After recent deaths, health is new priority in rap

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hip-hop may need a checkup. The culture that in the 1990s lost its brightest stars to gun violence has in recent years seen a series of notable rappers die of drug- and health-related causes.…

Pa. teen wins August Wilson Monologue Competition

NEW YORK (AP) — A 17-year-old from Pittsburgh has won the fifth annual August Wilson Monologue Competition, performing a section of the playwright’s “King Hedley II” with powerful skill. Tambi Gxuluwe, who attends West Mifflin Area High School,…

NCAA hoops semifinal games moving to cable in 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — The Final Four’s first two games are moving to cable next year. CBS and Turner Sports said Tuesday the national semifinals will air on TBS in 2014 and 2015, with the title game remaining…

Rhapsody to offer digital liner notes

NEW YORK (AP) — Subscription music service Rhapsody has signed on to assist The Recording Academy’s push for the availability of digital liner notes. Last year the Academy launched the “Give Fans the Credit” campaign designed to give…

Beyonce reigns as forest queen in animated ‘Epic’

LONDON (AP) — Beyonce says she loved voicing Queen Tara in the new children’s movie “Epic” — at least once she stopped crying. The singer-songwriter has gone from pop royalty to screen royalty, becoming the forest queen in…

AP Photos: Met Gala fashion highs and lows

NEW YORK (AP) — There were plenty of risk-takers on the Met gala red carpet. The Metropolitan Museum of Art fundraiser known as “the party of the year” had a red carpet Monday night to rival the Oscars.…

Reports: UK comedian Jimmy Tarbuck arrested

LONDON (AP) — British media say comedian Jimmy Tarbuck has been arrested and questioned about alleged child abuse — the latest in a long list of British entertainers to face sex crime allegations. The BBC, the Press Association…